"يوم القيامة ظل المؤمن صدقته".
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Judgement will be his charitable acts”
In the Qur’an, the word “charity” is used frequently for good reason. Charitable acts, such as helping the needy, sharing your wealth, and supporting orphans and widows, are extremely important. Zakat, or charity, is one of the major teachings of the Islamic faith. Charitable behaviour and support for the needy are two of the most valuable traits of a Muslim.
The Prophet, upon him be peace, said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Importance of Charity
Many Muslims and non-Muslims living in poverty, hunger, and destitute conditions highlight the need to put into practice this essential teaching. Many wealthy Muslims may not realize their wealth can benefit entire communities. The proper administration of charity is critical to the well-being of both the needy and the wealthy. The Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) repeatedly stressed this principle.
Muhammad, upon him be peace, said: “Avoid doing injustice to others, for on the Day of Judgment, it will turn into manifold darkness, and safeguard yourself against miserliness, for it ruined those who were before you. It incited them to murder and treating the unlawful as lawful.” (Muslim)
Forms of Charity In Islam
We should recap, however, the major types of charity in Islam before we move on to the importance of charity in Islam. It is too complicated to discuss here all the variations and details regarding these forms. In light of that, we will take a look at two topics that are of extreme importance. Two types of charity are prominent in Islam.
There is a fundamental difference between these two forms of charity. Sadaqah is not obligatory, whereas zakat is obligatory. You have to pay zakat every year regardless of how much you save. In contrast, there are no instructions for sadaqah. Voluntary acts like these are noble and admirable. The nature of the two types of charities is another difference between them. The zakat is monetary, however, the sadaqah is not.
What are the Benefits Of Charity In Islam?
- One of the most important benefits of charity is that we get closer to Allah SWT and it strengthens our faith. So if we give charity to Allah SWT for His worship, then surely that will increase our faith in Him.
- Allah SWT rewards those who sincerely do good deeds by giving and doing charity for the needy.
- When we help others, we feel good. Giving to a charity that touches your heart not only helps those organizations continue their vital work but also improves your emotional health too. When you donate and experience pleasure at the same time, your heart will be satisfied.
- Charity is a way of gratitude to Allah. The act of being grateful is thanking Allah for whatever we receive. Donating to charity is one of the best ways to express our gratitude to Allah SWT for all His blessings and gifts. So, if we’re grateful servants, we should do as much charity as possible.
Charity is a way to help bring justice, balance, and kindness into the lives of everyone. Muslim communities everywhere ought to fulfil their charitable duty properly, and do their part to eliminate poverty.